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Pain meds debate

Oct 11, 2016 10:38 PM

So I've been on tramadol for over two years now. And I've told any and every dr I saw that it didn't work. They upped the dose add otc with it. All still just barely took the edge off. So today I call for a refill from my new PCP and his nurse tells me I'm taking to much. I'm like well what the hell.. I've been telling y'all this for years and now u want to agree. He refilled this script but says I need to come in and talk about pain control. Now keep in mind I'm going to see the surgeon in two weeks and she has given me tramadol also in the past. So what so I so? I don't want to end up with no pain meds. And I don't want the drs to think I'm trying to double dip the scripts. Any advice?

Oct 11, 2016 11:43 PM

Make sure your surgeon knows that your pcp all ready prescribed Tramadol and that it's not working. Let her know you have made an appointment to discuss it with him and perhaps she could call him as well to discuss what the best treatment would be for her to follow to help with that. I always insist that my doctors keep each other in the loop so I know everyone's on the same page as far as their individual treatment for me.

Am so sorry your doctor wasn't paying attention. I can only take a pain med for a few years before it looses its ability to help. So for awhile I switch to something else. Every few years I switch .. Thankfully I have a pain specialist who understands that and works with me when I need changes.

Oct 12, 2016 12:59 AM

I've had the exact same issuse literally. Kept upping the dose and it still doesn't work. I take 500ml a day.. i would suggest doing what i am.. i went in to my doc and said i want to get off the tramadol and try something else.. they are lowering my dose 50mls a week and i will be trying palexia next. Dont just stop the tramadol the withdrawals are horrible. Would you be happy to try something else?

Oct 12, 2016 8:47 AM

Thanks guys..i will do a mixture of both your tips. Yes.. I'd love to be on something that works.

Oct 14, 2016 12:31 AM

See what other pain meds you can take, in addition to tramadol. Like naproxen, Tylenol 3, ibuprofen, etc. Fish oil "supposedly" helps with pain too.

Also, if you haven't already, make a pain medicine schedule. For me, it's:
- muscle relaxer + naproxen @ 8am and 7pm
- Tylenol 3 (Rx) @ 1pm and 10pm
- Sleep meds too if the pain keeps you up.
- Also, with some pain meds, you may have to take stool softeners and lots of fiber.

As always, consult a doctor AS WELL AS sites like webMD, b/c even doctors can prescribe you medicine that shouldn't be taken together. I learned that the hard way.

If your level of pain is preventing good quality of life, sleep, or even proper physical therapy - do what YOU need to do to get it under control. Once my pain became manageable, I established a good physical therapy/training schedule, and am now sloooowly weaning myself off the meds.

Oct 14, 2016 6:44 AM

Sorry new user! I meant to say to CamelSnake that her post is extremely informative and lovely and thank you for the advice!

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